(ABC) — Kjerstin Gruys, a 29-year-old PhD student in sociology, has mastered the art of avoiding her own reflection. For months, her daily schedule began with the typical teeth brushing, but a curtain covered the bathroom mirror. She inserted her contact lenses and applied her makeup by touch, not sight. Driving to work required glances in the rear- and side-view mirrors, but Gruys avoided peeking at her own image. It was part of a unique experiment that Gruys hopes will help boost her own self-esteem and inspire others to stop focusing on external perfection. In her blog “Mirror, Mirror Off the Wall”, she documents her yearlong effort to live mirror-free.
I want to make fun of this girl but I can’t. Like this chick is so down on herself and hates her appearance so much that she has completely decided to avoid remembering what she looks like. Not a bad strategy I guess, but Lord knows I could never do it. I have a narcissistic disorder that would make Freud cum in his pants. Can’t walk past a storefront window without turning it into a full length mirror. Can’t take a piss without spending the whole time I pretend to wash my hands looking for blemishes. Can’t go on a computer without flipping through my Facebook pictures. But hey, maybe that’s because I’m a Ryan Lochte imposter and not a chubby 29 year old sociology student. Maybe most people hit the gym and buy some make-up whenever they’re feeling down about their image. But that’s stupid. Better to just avoid any form of reflection like you’re fucking Medusa. And you thought they just gave PhDs away.
PS – I googled narcissistic to learn how to spell it. And I couldn’t even retain that information as I switched from the Google tab to the blog tab so I ended up needing to copy and paste it. I fucking suck at spelling. So I’m just going to completely ignore the fact that I have an issue and then it will resolve itself.